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Top 5 Isekai Anime Series

Top 5 Isekai Anime Series
Written by Eloise Van Heerden

There are more types of anime than the average consumer might know. If you’re a fan of shows about being transported to new worlds, for example, you might be excited to know about the Isekai genre. While the shows in this genre all start from the same basic idea, the ways that they interpret the process of starting anew can lead them in wild directions. Below are just a few of the best Isekai anime out there today.

Shield Hero


The Rising of The Shield Hero (or Shield Hero) is an Isekai anime about a young man who was transported to a fantastic world in order to be one of its four heroes. The protagonist is the titular Shield Hero, the only person transported to the world to be equipped with a defensive weapon. Branded a criminal early on in his journey, the protagonist Naofumi undertakes a mission of vengeance while still thrust into the role of a hero. Shield Hero is a little darker than one might expect from an Isekai anime, with some of the wish-fulfillment that’s inherent to the concept stripped out from the plot. With that said, it’s also a uniquely captivating take on the concept, one that does feature a lot of character growth and some compelling storylines even during the early part of the main character’s journey.

Fan service explicitness: 0/5

No Game No Life


No Game No Life is an Isekai anime that’s based in a world of board games. Two Japanese siblings are transported by the God of Games to a world named Disboard in which all conflicts are solved via games. The protagonists have to navigate a world in which literally everything is solved by gameplay, forcing them to get involved in the realm’s politics. While No Game No Life may not be the most popular of the Isekai anime, it’s one of the shows that sticks hardest to the basic concept of conceit. Each episode also has a fantastic game sequence, each of which helps the show to stand out from the pack. This is an excellent introduction to the Isekai concept as well as a fun show to watch if you’re a fan of board games.

Fan service explicitness: 4/5

Re:zero


Re:zero is the story of Subaru Natsuki, a young Japanese man with no social life or social skills. He’s pulled into a fantastic world where he’s quickly beaten by thugs, but then he quickly makes new allies and discovers that he has the power to rewind his life back to when he entered the world every time he dies. Definitely one of the major influences on the entire Isekai genre, the anime often feels like the animated version of a video game playthrough. It’s definitely got some issues in terms of pacing, but it is perhaps one of the purest examples of an Isekai anime that you will be able to watch.

   

Fan service explicitness: 0/5

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime


Salaryman Satoru Mikami is a 37 year old loser with no prospects and no love life. His life comes to an abrupt end when he’s stabbed, but that’s just the beginning. As the title suggests, he is reincarnated as a slime in a fantasy land, complete with the power to absorb other creatures and to mimic their special abilities. Taking on the name Rimuru Tempest, Satoru attempts to carve out a new reputation in a world that’s much more interesting than his own. The premise of this one might be a little sillier than the rest, but the solid writing and intriguing plot makes it a winner.

Fan service explicitness: 0/5

Overlord


Momonga is a player of the MMORPG YGGDRASIL, once the biggest game in the world. The Overlord of a once-massive guild, he seems to be the last player online as the game shuts down. Momonga quickly finds, though, that the game is still running – and that he’s trapped in the form of his player avatar. The story follows Momonga as he searches for the truth behind what’s happened in the game as well as what led him to being trapped, though it also touches quite frequently on themes of power and corruption. This Isekai anime stands out because it specifically focuses on the idea of what it would be like to be an uber-powerful creature who has little need to act with any morals in a game, something that leads the plot to some unique and sometimes even uncomfortable places.

Fan service explicitness: 4/5

Cover Image by ryo taka from Pixabay

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